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SScalextric only one side works?

I put together a big track.  It runs a car on one side all the way around fast.  Even with one section missing, it runs all the way around to the missing section.  The other track does not work anywhere on the track.   I have two transformers plugged in.  Can you think of anything that might be the problem?

Thank you, Daryl


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Hi Daryl. I am guessing you have tried different cars and controllers in the 'dead' lane with the same result? And tried the powerbase separate from the rest of the track. That would eliminate whether it might be a car, controller or track issue. I'd also swap round the two transformers and move the switches on the powerbase -  I think you have the older Scalextric Sport analogue powerbase? See if any changes can make the 'dead' lane work through the powerbase.


If all those changes don't make any difference, then there is an issue in the powerbase. There could be a short-circuit in the powerbase - try squeezing both controllers and see if the 'good' lane stops working. If so, check there is no metal debris in the slot of the 'dead' lane. You could also take the bottom plate off the powerbase (disconnect from the transformers first) and see if you can see any loose wires or any damage.


I hope something there helps. Do let us know.

Andy Player

Andy P.

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Community Moderator

Have you run a vacuum cleaner all the way around the track?

Littel bits of metal can cause a short circuit...

This forum is great.  Thank you for your reply Woodcote.  I unplugged the controller and plugged it into the other 1/4" jack and it went in and stayed in place better.  It was the controller cord that was the problem.  The jack plug did not securely stay inin one side. The other controller did stay in to that slot. So, I got if fixed as a result of your comments about checking the basics.  Thank you again.


Andy P.

1949 posts

Community Moderator

Glad you got it working!

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